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less vs. fewer

Less vs. Fewer: Fewer Grammar Rules Are Understood Less

Sep 27, 2018 in Grammar

You’re self-checking groceries in the supermarket express lane when, without warning, the English teacher behind you in line yells “Fewer!” You check your cart and…

than vs. then

Than vs. Then: It’s Easier Than You Think

Sep 06, 2018 in Grammar

What a difference one letter can make. Than and then look and sound almost exactly the same, so it’s easy to get them confused. However,…

Sympathy vs. Empathy

Sympathy vs. Empathy: We’re About to Get Emotional

Aug 23, 2018 in Grammar

As an editor, I feel real sympathy—or do I mean empathy?—for writers wrangling with the complexities of English grammar—including figuring out sympathy vs. empathy—and which is better suited…

meteor vs. meteorite

Meteor vs. Meteorite: An Impactful Difference

Aug 16, 2018 in Grammar

  Look up at the night sky. Hurry, or you’ll miss it. What’s that streak of light flashing through the inky blackness of space? A…

there vs. their

There vs. Their: Location, Location, Location

Aug 08, 2018 in Grammar

There vs. their is one of the most common linguistic bar fights in the English language. The two words are pronounced exactly the same way…

what is an appositive?

What Is an Appositive?

Aug 01, 2018 in Grammar

Sometimes it seem like grammar is full of stuffy, stodgy terms. What is a participle, for example? What the heck does antecedent mean? What’s an…

awhile vs. a while

Awhile vs. a While: A Wily Writer’s Guide to Using While Well

Jul 26, 2018 in Grammar

  Once in a while, I like to sit awhile on my front porch, whiling away a free hour or two while drinking some lemonade.…

nauseous vs. nauseated

A Potentially Nauseating Grammar Question: Nauseous vs. Nauseated

Jul 19, 2018 in Grammar

  If you’re not feeling well, are you feeling nauseous or nauseated? The nauseous vs. nauseated issue is often confusing because of how each word’s…

imply vs. infer

Imply vs. Infer: How to Infer the Difference

Jul 06, 2018 in Grammar

I don’t want to make any offensive implications, but I’m going to infer that since you’re reading this, you get confused by the question of…

biennial vs biannual

Biennial vs. Biannual: Two Words, Twice the Meaning

Jun 28, 2018 in Grammar

  Biennially, I make sure to review the difference between biennial and biannual. Otherwise, I’ll get confused more than biannually! By the end of this…

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